A month ago the plan was for Cordell Pemsl to have season-ending knee surgery. But he held off on going under the knife and ultimately decided to try and play through the injury. The first game where he could test out that decision? Against Iowa State, almost two weeks ago. Pemsl provided a clear spark off the bench and definitely made an impact -- he had 8 points on 2/3 shooting, plus 6 rebounds, a block, and an assist in 16 minutes. His performance against the Cyclones was a key part of Iowa's rollicking blowout over ISU.
Alas, that was also the last time we'll see Pemsl this season. The chronic pain and irritation that Pemsl has been dealing with in his knee all year didn't abate after a week of rest and prevented him from playing against UNI over the weekend. And so Pemsl had knee surgery earlier in the day on Tuesday, per a press release from Iowa:
Cordell Pemsls third basketball season at Iowa is over after playing in just 2 games. Should easily get medical hardship waiver, have 2 more years eligibility ... and be a candidate to play in 5 Cy-Hawk games in his Hawkeye career. pic.twitter.com/yzLmoXJEHq
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) December 19, 2018
Per Pemsl himself, the surgery went well:
Successful surgery, of course! Thank you to everyone who kept me in their prayers and have been behind me every step of the way. I wont let yall down.. #InDueTime
— Breezy (@cpemsl35) December 19, 2018
Pemsl was a great option off the bench against Iowa State and it would have been very nice to have that presence during Big Ten play. That wasn't meant to be, though; it's more important that Pemsl heals up, recovers fully from this procedure, and gets ready for next year. Pemsl is expected to be eligible for a medical redshirt for this season, which would give him two more years to play at Iowa (2019-20 and 2020-21). Gutting it out to be a key contributor in a big win over Iowa State, though? That's the stuff cult heroes are made of.
Best of luck to Pemsl; we wish him a full recovery from this latest setback and we'll see him on the court next year.